June 4th, 2011

Saturday: Tigers at White Sox

The question isn’t with the Tigers lineup today, which is pretty standard, but with the bullpen. David Purcey left the ballpark this afternoon  to be with his wife for the birth of twins. He’ll go on paternity leave, which allows him to be away from the team for 1-3 days.

The Tigers can call someone up to replace him, and unlike most circumstances, they can call someone up who was sent down less than 10 days ago. That would put left-hander Adam Wilk into play. But with the Mud Hens in Scranton, it’s unlikely they can get anybody from there to here in time to be available. So it appears no move is on tap for tonight. Whether they do something for Sunday remains to be seen, but if Purcey’s expected back as soon as Monday in Texas — he lives in Dallas in the offseason — the Tigers have to figure out whether it’s worth making a move for potentially only one day.

For Saturday, at least, they’re a reliever short. But with Justin Verlander on the mound and Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde well-rested, it shouldn’t be a factor. The one difference for them is that they’re left with only one lefty reliever available in Daniel Schlereth.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Don Kelly, 3B
  3. Brennan Boesch, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, DH
  4. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  5. Alex Rios, CF
  6. Brent Lillbridge, RF
  7. Adam Dunn, 1B
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B
  9. Brent Morel, 3B

P: Edwin Jackson

Coke all set to start Wednesday at Texas

Just watched Phil Coke have a long tossing session on an otherwise empty field Saturday afternoon here at U.S. Cellular Field. He seemingly got through that fine, and the Tigers have him listed as their probable starter Wednesday at Texas.

Coke gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings of work in his rehab start Friday night for Triple-A Toledo at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Most of the damage happened in the sixth. It was his first game action since May 23, when he suffered a bone bruise on his right foot.

Unless something drastically changes, Andy Oliver is headed back to Toledo. He’s not listed among the other probables through next series.